Thursday 24 October 2019

Man who began raping daughter when she was nine 'claimed to gardai she had initiated sex'

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Declan Brennan

A man who began raping his daughter when she was nine later claimed to gardai that she had initiated the sex, a court has heard.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the child's anonymity, told gardai his daughter was a compulsive liar and that she enjoyed the sexual intercourse.

The man pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to nine counts of rape committed on dates between October 2011 and April 2017.

In her victim impact statement, which was read out in court, she said her father controlled her and made her too scared to report the attacks. She said she didn't know anything about sex when he first raped her and didn't know it was wrong until she became older.

The girl said the rapes took place twice a week until she was aged 14, saying; "I was used to it, it was part of my week".

She said the abuse took part of her childhood away and had left her angry and sad.

"He was supposed to care for me. He was so controlling over me. He was the boss of the house," she said.

After the victim went to gardaí her father, originally from Nigeria, told them his daughter had initiated the sexual activity by tickling him.

He claimed he was shocked and said he did not enjoy it. He denied providing pregnancy test kits for the victim.

The child told gardaí that her father raped her on ten occasions in between taking one pregnancy test and another and would rape her in the house "any time he had a chance".

She said if she tried to refuse he would take off his belt and threaten to hit her. He also threatened her when she said she would report the attacks.

Blaise O'Carroll SC, defending, told the court that his client was considered to be at a low risk of re-offending by the Probation Service.

He said he was exposed to trauma during a civil war in Sierra Leone and witnessed flood devastation in Mozambique.

Justice Micheal White remanded him in custody to June 5, next for sentence.

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